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Old Persian impresses for Charlie Appleby at Newmarket

Old Persian bounds clear to score at Newmarket

Old Persian made light work of conceding weight to his rivals with a runaway success in the opening division of the 1st Security Solutions EBF Stallions Novice Stakes.

Despite carrying a 6lb penalty for his last-time-out success at Chelmsford, the Charlie Appleby-trained two-year-old backed up that victory with facile win in the mile contest.

Having been prominently ridden throughout, the 8-11 favourite quickened up well when sent on by Adam Kirby to run out a four-and-a-half-length winner from the staying-on Gronkowski.

Assistant trainer Alex Merriam said: "Being that size I don't think the weight would have bothered him too much.

"Charlie ran him on the all-weather just to get a run into him. It was a case of finding the slot for him.

"I think we will see how he is, but having briefly spoken to Charlie we will probably knock it on the head for the year."

Malcolm Saunders enjoyed a rare winner at Headquarters as Pixeleen went one better than 12 months ago in the British EBF Breeders' Fillies Series Sprint Handicap.

After being collared in the final strides of the six-furlong prize last year, the five-year-old atoned for that defeat when battling back to deny Magical Dreamer by a head to complete a quickfire double for jockey Adam Kirby.

Saunders said of the 12-1 winner: "She got done in the last stride last year, which was a bit of a shame, but she has made up for it today.

"She looked beat for a couple of strides. Adam Kirby is so strong and he got her back up. She is a nice filly.

"She is in the mares' sale. There is a fillies' Listed race back here next week and if she is all right she could come back for that. Whether she is good enough, I don't know, but there is nothing else for her."

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